Patricia Brown Fugée


One SeaGate, Suite 1700
Toledo, OH 43604
P 419.254.5261
F 419.242.0316
20 South Clark Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60603
P 312.580.1200
F 312.580.1201

Patricia Brown Fugée


Phone: (419) 254-5261
Fax: (419) 242-0316

Ms. Fugée focuses her practice on commercial bankruptcy, creditors' rights and business litigation matters in numerous industries, including manufacturing, hotel and hospitality, healthcare and medical facilities, retail and commercial real estate. She represents parties such as banks and financial institutions, debt buyers, asset buyers, landlords, and trade creditors in various proceedings, including bankruptcy cases, foreclosures, workouts, and receiverships. Her clients have also included bankruptcy trustees, a securities trustee, state and federal receivers, and debtors. Ms. Fugée has served as a state court receiver to operate and liquidate an industrial machinery dealer and several manufacturing businesses, and she was appointed as an examiner under the Bankruptcy Code to investigate a manufacturer’s transactions in 2011.

Since 2009, Ms. Fugée has been Board Certified in Creditors' Rights Law by the American Board of Certification, which is a national organization dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of the bar.

Representative Matters

  • Sold an operating hotel in a chapter 11 § 363 bankruptcy sale, sold an operating hotel in a federal receivership, and shut down then sold a hotel in a chapter 7 § 363 bankruptcy sale
  • Serve as counsel to a SIPA trustee liquidating two securities broker/dealers who had engaged in a long-running Ponzi scheme
  • Restructured $14 million in debt with numerous entities and cross-collateralized obligations
  • Negotiated a cash settlement of a guaranty, combined with consent to a receivership for a housing development
  • Successfully mediated a federal lawsuit brought against out-of-state guarantors who originally denied any liability under the guaranties
  • Served as lead counsel in Chapter 11 retail case, where debtor had over 60 stores in 22 states
  • Successfully prevented a Chapter 7 trustee from pursuing a $250,000 alleged preference claim
  • Guided the successful "stalking horse" bidder through the purchase of assets from a Chapter 11 trustee
  • Represented Chapter 7 trustees in the successful sale of a nursing home and the successful sale of a temporary staffing agency
  • Appointed receiver to conduct the liquidation of a used industrial machinery and equipment dealer, receiver to conduct a "going concern" sale of a machine shop, and receiver to conduct a "going concern" sale of a carpet pad manufacturer
  • Represented the owner/operator of a nuclear facility in a breach of contract action, resulting in a favorable settlement
  • Negotiated and drafted numerous forbearance agreements, some of which allow professional management to assess, market and sell businesses
  • Represented state and federal court receivers in the operation and sale of numerous manufacturing companies and service companies


  • Appointed to the Attorney Constituent Group for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, by the Toledo Bar Association (Term ending December 31, 2017)
  • Appointed as a Director for the American Board of Certification (ABC) (2013-2015, 2016-2018)
  • Appointed examiner by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio under section 1104 of the Bankruptcy Code (2011)
  • Named the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year" for Toledo by The Best Lawyers in America® (2016)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2012-2016) and Litigation - Bankruptcy (2013-2016)
  • Named in "Who's Who in Toledo Area Law" by Toledo Business Journal (2010 - 2015)
  • Board Certified as a Creditors' Rights Law Specialist by the American Board of Certification (2009)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2016)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005 & 2006)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for ten years
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable John W. Bissell, U.S. District Judge (1990-1992)


  • 1990, J.D., Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
    • high honors
    • Rutgers Law Journal, Staff (1989-1990)
    • Rutgers School of Law Fellowship (1987-1990)
  • 1986, B.A., Wellesley College, Mathematics

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
  • Toledo Bar Association, Board of Directors (2010 & 2011), Bankruptcy Committee, Chair (2007-2009) and Secretary (2006 & 2007)
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court, Master and Assistant Program Chair (1997-1998 session)

Community Affiliations

  • Zonta Club of Toledo I, President (2012-2013) and Board Member (2010-2012)



  • “Bankruptcy’s Implications on Collection Practices” and “Ethics in Collection,” – National Business Institute (2014)
  • “How the Principle of Equality may Help or Hurt Certain Creditors” and “Filing Successful Proofs of Claim – Naitonal Business Institute (2014)
  • "Collection Law from Start to Finish" – National Business Institute (2013)
  • "Tenant or Landlord Bankruptcy" - Sterling Education Services, Inc. (2012)
  • "Bankruptcy and Collection in Landlord/Tenant Law" - Sterling Education Services, Inc. (2011)
  • "Bankruptcy Law and Litigation" - National Business Institute (materials only) (2011)
  • "Protecting the Creditors' Rights During Bankruptcy" - National Business Institute (2010)
  • "Collection Law Tips and Strategies"- National Business Institute (2010)
  • "Creditors' Rights During Bankruptcy" - The Ohio State Bar Convention (2009) and National Business Institute (2009)
  • "Bankruptcy Litigation and Procedure" - National Business Institute (2008)
  • "Bankruptcy Nuts & Bolts" - Toledo Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee CLE (2007)
  • "Understanding Debtor Responsibilities In Consumer and Business Cases: Providing Electronically Stored Information" - American Bankruptcy Institute, Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2007)
  • "Collection Law from Start to Finish" - National Business Institute (2007)
  • "Collection Law in Ohio: The Good, The Bad and The Profitable" - Lorman Educational Services (2006)
  • "Bankruptcy Law and Procedure from Start to Finish" - National Business Institute (2006)
  • "Consumer and Business Debt Collection: Resolve Debts Quickly and Easily" - National Business Institute (2006)
  • "Electronic Discovery Rule Changes and Fraud Investigations" - American Bankruptcy Institute, Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2006)

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